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Lots happened in Genk. In OKJ Noah Watt should have grabbed at least sixth place to be able to take home the title, which in some ways he had already pocketed. The Dane, this meeting should have just been a pro forma. Instead, in OK on the eve of the race Pedro Hiltbrand was the least accredited. He was seen more like the odd man out who could have taken advantage of the situation if the two leaders, Tom Joyner and Karol Basz would have given him the chance. Science fiction? Well, in the end he had his chance on the last lap of the prefinal: Basz leaves the scene whilst in third. A real” smack” in the face for Polish Kosmic driver, who, if he had been there, would have guaranteed a completely different final. So, Hiltbrand, supported by his second, Tom Joyner liege to duty, took home his first title win. In other words, no messing about and take the title back to Crg. Mission accomplished. In KZ2 Fabian Federer has problems with his spark plug and leaves the scene during the prefinal. Does this mean goodbye to the title? Not really, because his rival Stan Pex could do no better than fifth after the final. True, all he needed was the win, but up front there was Matteo Viganò in command of the situation and who returned to victory and, more important still, back on final championship podium. In KZ Marco Ardigò pressed hard throughout the 23 lap final. Neither the Sodi duo, nor Hajek managed to attack him. And when a determined Puhakka stepped out putting in one fat lap after the other, the Tony Kart standard bearer was just as determined not to give in. The gap was so distanced that even finishing with the leaders would have been enough, but he wanted to win as a winning driver ought to and have his name for the firth time at the top of the European KZ scoreboard. It would have been more exciting to see duels and hard fighting as it should be in any final when there’s some very close driving and each driver aims for the European title. It’s a long time since the uncertainty of final title win like in this championship where final win was still open to a few drivers, so more excitement was expected. Yes, we’re never satisfied! But not so ungrateful for the show, drivers and teams deserve the applause for their hard work in this hard fought and spectacular continental event. This could be a wonderful omen for the world championship in Sweden on schedule for September and November in Bahrain.

VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 39

Vroom Kart International #183 - September 2016  

In this issue: FANTASTIC 4 Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart/Vortex – KZ), Fabian Federer (CRG/Modena Engines – KZ2), Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla –...

Vroom Kart International #183 - September 2016  

In this issue: FANTASTIC 4 Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart/Vortex – KZ), Fabian Federer (CRG/Modena Engines – KZ2), Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla –...

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